Randy's Thought of the Day - 3/27/2013

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 10:15 AM PT
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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Great White Bites

It’s impossible to know what stretch of the Sharks season will end up being the most important to their playoff hopes.  Maybe it was the 7 game winning streak at the beginning of the year that gave them a cushion?  Or it could come down to the final two games of the season on the road in Phoenix and LA.  But the next 4 home games against Anaheim, Detroit, Phoenix and Vancouver will certainly tell us a lot about where the team is heading and perhaps where some individual players are or are not heading.

The NHL trade deadline is a week from today.  As of this morning the Sharks are in a playoff spot, 8th in the West. If the next 4 games go well they’ll be in good shape at the deadline.  If things go sideways they could fall out of the top 8 in a hurry.

I’m not required to provide “keys to the game”.  That duty is left for far more advanced hockey minds than mine. (Remenda, Baker, Hedican, Brown)  But these are MY Great White Bites, so here are my keys to victory tonight against Anaheim.

Urgency and focus.

It was great that the Sharks broke out against Anaheim Monday and scored 5 goals. But it’s hardly time to start feeling comfortable.  I’m guessing the Ducks are going to be in a snarly mood tonight and the Sharks have to match that with urgency from the first drop of the puck.

And then there’s the issue of focus.  When things have gone bad for the Sharks it’s usually been a loss of focus/composure over a 2 or 3-minute stretch that sees the game get away from them.  They overcame some adversity within that game Monday and settled down to close it out.  That needs to happen again tonight.

I’m Randy Hahn.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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